Rural Hospital Stabilization Committee Named

April 25, 2014 12:00 pm

by Eric The Younger · 11 comments

If you were unaware, rural healthcare delivery is a serious problem in Georgia. We’ve covered it some here this year. This legislative session dealt with the issue to some extent but without tangible success so far.

Enter Governor Deal and his appointments to the Rural Hospital Stabilization Committee. Here’s the full list that will hopefully lead to stabilization of our rural hospitals, but also hopefully make great leaps forward towards fixing the rural healthcare crisis.

From the Press Release.

Jimmy Lewis HomeTown Health Cumming
Greg Hearn Ty Cobb Regional Medical Center Lavonia
Scott Kroell Liberty Regional Medical Center Hinesville
Maggie Gill Memorial Health Savannah
Wade Johnson Lincoln County Commission Chairman Lincolnton
Dr. Angela Highbaugh-Battle Pediatrician Hazlehurst
Charles Owens State Office of Rural Health Cordele
Sen. David Lucas Georgia Senate Macon
Rep. Terry England Georgia House of Representatives Auburn
Molly Howard Jefferson County Superintendent Louisville
Jimmy Allen Business Owner and Tift Regional Hospital Board Member Adel
Dr. Thomas Fitzgerald Tanner Medical Center, Emergency Medicine Carrollton
Ronnie Rollins Community Health Systems Macon
David Sanders Fannin Regional Hospital Blue Ridge
Dr. Jeffrey Harris- OB/GYN Jesup


georgiahack April 25, 2014 at 5:46 pm

I find interesting how David Lucas and Nathan Deal are giving each other cover on rural hospitals. David Lucas needs it because he promised more rural healthcare and came up empty. Deal needs him to show he has is not abandoning the rural hospitals and who better than than a nut-job black senator. How much you want to bet that picture of David Lucas and Nathan Deal shaking hands is used in the Gov. campaign. Brilliant.

DavidTC April 25, 2014 at 5:49 pm

If only there was some sort of system where all the users of those rural hospitals could pay for their hospital bills. Some sort of insurance they could sign up for.

I mean, I know Georgia has no extra money, but sometime the Federal government offers grants and whatnot. Perhaps we could ask them, see if there’s something available.

Actually, thinking about it, I believe they already offer some sort ‘Medicaid’ program we’re a part of. I’ll have to look up the details of that, but perhaps it could be expanded in Georgia, somehow.

Chris Huttman April 25, 2014 at 8:19 pm

This committee was inspired by OJ’s search for the real killer.

DavidTC April 25, 2014 at 9:05 pm

I looked into it, and apparently the Federal government *did* expand Medicaid recently, and are willing to pay the entire thing for the next two and a half years, and then 90% after that!

Does anyone know how I can email this committee?

Harry April 25, 2014 at 9:10 pm

On the other hand, current spending of $450 billion per year on Medicaid aka medical welfare is no longer sustainable at any level of government.

DavidTC April 25, 2014 at 9:38 pm

That’s right, Harry, you leap in there and randomly assert Republican talking points without the slightly references to back them up!

Harry April 25, 2014 at 10:47 pm

Do you doubt the number or the ability to sustain such a high level of welfare over the long term? I think the burden of proof should be on you who wish to redistribute wealth.

ricstewart April 26, 2014 at 12:47 pm

Rep. Sharon Cooper is conspicuously absent from this committee.

Jane April 26, 2014 at 5:25 pm

People who are not poor should not get handouts and professionals even medical professionals should be paid enough to cover their cost.

Left Turn Only April 27, 2014 at 1:09 pm

Here’s an idea. Delta is posting record profits. Perhaps now they can afford to pay their fair share of taxes. Let’s rescind the special give-aways to Delta and use the multi millions for the benefit of us common folks. Ad Aflac and Gulfstream and we could perform miracles!

Dave Bearse April 27, 2014 at 1:44 pm

I’ll save us all time and them the effort: public subsidy.

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